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Civil Registration - Canada, Quebec

Registration of births, deaths and marriages commenced 1 Jan 1926 for people who were not associated with any church and on 1 Jan 1994 for all events for all individuals.

See "How to Obtain" below chart

The following information refers to pre-1900 registers, only

Type of DataBirthMarriageDeathIndex
Name of Individualyes checkmark
including any "dit" or alias used
yes checkmark
including any "dit" or alias used
yes checkmark
including any "dit" or alias used
Combination of searchable, index only and browsable original images at Family Search as follows:
births and baptisms 1662-1898,
index to Civil Copy of Church Records 1642-1902,
non-Catholic parish registers 1763-1967,
Catholic parish registers 1621-1979.

At the Archives of Quebec:
Mariages non catholiques de la région de Montréal, 1766-1899,
Contrats de mariage de la région de Québec, 1761-1946,
Contrats de mariage de Charlevoix 1737-1920 et du Haut-Saguenay 1840-1911,
Québec City Area, Marriage Contract Index, 1761-1940. Note: this last link feeds to ancestry.com for a free search with the search result redirected back to the Quebec Archives for viewing of the extract of the contract details.
Baptêmes non catholiques de la région de Montréal 1766-1835,
Mariages non catholiques de la région de Montréal 1766-1899,
Sépultures non catholiques de la région de Montréal 1767-1899.

Société Franco-Ontarienne d'Histoire et de Généalogie published indices of many Roman Catholic church registers independently for churches in Quebec and Ontario which may be available at various locations throughout Canada and worldwide.

Cyprian Tanguay published two dictionaries of Quebec genealogies dating back to first settlers. Arranged by surname, by male given name, by marriage date and includes marriage date, name of father of each of husband and wife with identifying numbering system, names of children and dates of their birth or christening, marriage date and spouse of children (if applicable), and death or burial date of child. Available at many public libraries or on CD-Rom from genealogy product suppliers.
Marital Statusno crosscheckyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Ageno crosscheckyes checkmark
stated in general terms such as of full age or a minor, if widowed the proper age may be recorded
yes checkmark
Occupationno crosscheckyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Date of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
Place of Eventyes checkmarkyes checkmarkyes checkmark
with current residence and place of burial
Name of Fatheryes checkmark
including any "dit" or alias used
yes checkmark
including any "dit" or alias used
no crosscheck
but, yes, if a child or unwed older daughter, also including any "dit" or alias used by father
Father's Occupationyes checkmark
with current residence
yes checkmarkno crosscheck
but, yes, if a child or unwed older daughter
If Father LivingRemarked if deceasedRemarked if deceasedRemarked if deceased
Place of birth of Fatherno crosscheckno crosscheck
but place of residence of father is included
no crosscheck
Name of Motheryes checkmarkyes checkmarkno crosscheck
but, yes, if a child or unwed older daughter
Maiden Surname of Motheryes checkmarkyes checkmarkno crosscheck
but, yes, if a child or unwed older daughter
Mother's Occupationno crosscheckno crosscheckno crosscheck
If Mother LivingRemarked if deceasedRemarked if deceasedMay be remarked if deceased
Place of birth of Motherno crosscheckno crosscheck
but place of residence of father is included
no crosscheck
Witnessesyes checkmarkyes checkmark 
Relationship of Witnesses to Individualyes checkmarkyes checkmark 
Addresses of Witnessesyes checkmarkyes checkmark 
Name of Informant of Eventno crosscheckno crosscheck 
Relationship of Informant to Individualno crosscheckno crosscheck 
Address of Informantno crosscheckno crosscheck 
Changes to Information on certificates1641-1900 civil registers were compiled from duplicate copies of church registers 1641-1900 civil registers were compiled from duplicate copies of church registers

Pre-1900 non-Catholic registers are similarly useful but not as complete on details of parents and witnesses
1641-1900 civil registers were compiled from duplicate copies of church registers

How to Obtain

The official government registration and collection of vital events centrally did not begin in Quebec until 1994. Applicants applying for post-1900 civil certificates must provide 2 identification documents bearing at least 1 photo plus home or work address. Visit their website for full details. Records more than 100 years old are in the custody of the regional offices of the Archives nationales du Québec. The archives requires exact dates before certificates can be issued as they are not able to conduct extensive research for any one request. If you do not have the necessary details or information to order a registration, you may wish to hire a researcher to search for and obtain a copy of the appropriate record on your behalf.

In person:
In Quebec City:
Directeur de l'état civil service counter
Service counter, ground floor
2535, boulevard Laurier
Québec (Québec)
Canada
G1V 5C5

In Montreal:
Service counter, ground floor
Métro Place-des-Arts
2050, rue De Bleury, RC
Montréal (Québec)
Canada
H3A 2J5

Other service centres can be found here

By Telephone:
Tel. Québec City: 418 644-4545
Tel. Montréal: 514 644-4545
Elsewhere in Québec 1 877 644-4545 (toll free)
Teletype (TTY): 1 800 361-9596

Online:
Please visit the Quebec vital statistics website

By mail:
Directeur de l'état civil
2535, boulevard Laurier
Québec (Québec)
Canada
G1V 5C5
E-mail: etatcivil@dec.gouv.qc.ca

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